Mary McCartney’s mother was so excited about her photography career she’d ring her after every shoot.
The 44-year-old star is the daughter of Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney and his late wife Linda, who passed away in 1998. Linda was a successful photographer and was thrilled when her daughter followed in her footsteps.
“She was really talented, but when we were kids, we were kind of dismissive about it. It was going through her contacts when I was a picture editor that made me want to be a photographer,” Mary told WWD.
“She used to phone me and check how the pictures had gone. She’d ask, ‘Have you got your contact sheets yet?’”
Mary’s latest project is the Zeiss Art Calendar, which will be sent to people who have bought camera lenses from the company soon.
This year’s offering stars Alec Baldwin and Gemma Arterton, who pose in a series of moody black and white pictures made to look like film stills. It was shot in just one day due to Alec’s busy schedule and Mary had a great time with both stars. She calls Gemma “full of life” and “bubbly”, while Alec is “very New York”.
He has hit the headlines of late after an argument with a paparazzo, during which the actor was accused of using homophobic language.
“I haven’t actually looked it up online, so I don’t really feel like I can comment on it,” Mary said of the incident. “Alec is a really interesting person; so bright and complicated. He’s very passionate, and I kind of like the way he hasn’t changed himself. He’s not kind of ‘media cleaned,’ saying all the right things, and he’s New York. I think he just doesn’t take it well where you are well-known and living in the city [and being stalked by photographers]. Don’t you feel that you would kind of hope that if someone knows that it upsets him that they would kind of back off a little bit?”
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